Miami County Commissioners approve rate increases

By Haylee Pence

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TROY – The Miami County Commissioners met on Thursday, Dec. 23, authorizing water and sewer rate increases for Miami County customers, which will become effective on Feb. 2022.

There will be a 3% increase for Miami County’s Troy Sewer System and a 3% increase for Miami County’s Clark County Sewer System. With these increases, residents on Miami County’s Troy Sewer System will see a monthly increase of $0.65, and residents on Miami County’s Clark County Sewer System will see a monthly increase of $0.78.

There will be a 5% increase for Miami County’s Tipp City Water System and a 3% increase for Miami County’s Clark County Water System. With these increases, residents on Miami County’s Tipp City Water System will see a monthly increase of $1.31, and residents on Miami County’s Clark County Water System will see a monthly increase of $0.68.

“The Board of Miami County Commissioners continues to work diligently to hold utility rates for county customers as low as possible. […] it was determined that the increase will reflect the minimum amount required for Miami County to stay in compliance with the current water/sewer contracts,” the commissioners said in a statement.

For any questions about the upcoming rate increases, contact the Sanitary Engineering Department at 937-440-5653.

Also on Thursday, the commissioners authorized several agreements, including four authorizations with Miami County Juvenile Court.

The first authorization for Miami County Juvenile Court involved approving a contract with Rite of Passage located in Cincinnati. The program is for provision of child placement and other services required based on the individual case. The total cost shall not exceed $50,000.

The next authorization was to approve a contract with Marsh Foundation located in Van Wert. This program is also for child placement and other services which are also based on individual cases. The cost is $227 per diem with a total cost that shall not exceed $50,000.

The third authorization involved rescinding a contract with Michael’s Resource and Treatment Center due to the fact that the “language in the contract did not contain language that all facilities to be certified by the state had to agree to provide aftercare treatment.”

The next authorization involved approving a new contract with Michael’s Resource and Treatment Center. This program is for provision of child placement and other services required based on individual cases. The cost is $274 per diem for maintenance and $32 per diem for administration with a total cost that shall not exceed $50,000.

Next, the commissioners approved an agreement with Darke County Recovery Services: Recovery and Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio for a cost not to exceed $10,000 per annum with a cost of $250 per client. This program is for providing mental health assessment and services for referred clients from the Courts.

Also on Thursday, the commissioners re-appointed Jack Hoekstra to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

They authorized the employment verification of Kasi Farris as a full-time Child Welfare Caseworker at a rate of $17.96.

The commissioners approved the employee requisition for Job and Family Services for a full-time Child Support Case Manager for a pay range of $15.52-$23.96 depending on qualifications.

Next, they authorized the purchase to replace hot and cold-water valves utilizing ARPA funds for a cost that shall not exceed $14,295 for the West Central building for 22 valves total.

Then, they authorized the purchase of two interior HVAC 5-ton units for the 911 Communications Center utilizing ARPA funds for a cost that shall not exceed $17,879.

Finally, the commissioners approved a 60-day extension to the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Policy in the Commissioners Personnel Policy Manual.

Following the authorizations of agreements, the commissioners heard a zoning hearing which was filed by Patrick McGowan of Piqua. McGowan is requesting permission to rezone 3.037 acres to build a single-family home on the property. The area is currently utilized as farm land. One of the concerns brought to attention was possible drainage issues on the land. McGowan told the commissioners, “there’s not issues with drainage in [his] current home.” Carol Walker, McGowan’s neighbor, spoke to the commissioners about the impact the new construction would have on their property’s drainage issues. After further examination of building planning and current drainage solutions, the commissioners approved the zoning .

To end the meeting, the commissioners want to express their condolences to the family of Nancy Wood, who worked for Miami County for over 30 years. She passed away suddenly.

Commissioner Gregory Simmons wants to wish “everyone a Merry Christmas!”